Sub-Committee on Food Science and Technology (SCFST)

Terms of Reference


  1. To endeavor to promote ASEAN cooperation in food science and technology in areas that correspond in relevance to country programmes and needs and that improve the quality of scientific institutions and manpower (addresses Thrusts 2, 4, 5 and 8 in the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science and Technology)
  2. To develop strategic approaches to building a solid foundation for regional cooperation in R&D and other activities in food science and technology through the effective participation of centres of excellence in priority areas (addresses Thrusts 1 and 3 in the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science and Technology)
  3. To implement cooperation activities in scientific projects that maximize mechanisms for enabling country participation in accordance with current and potential capabilities (addresses Thrusts 2 and 4 in the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science and Technology)
  4. To establish a responsive environment for the interaction of food scientists and the private sector in order to strengthen the outcomes of scientific cooperation
  5. To foster interaction with international counterparts in order to facilitate the development of areas of potential cooperation in food science and technology activities (addresses Thrust 7 in the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science and Technology).

Priority Areas for 2007-2011:
1. Food safety and quality
2. Functional food
3. Natural flavours and other additives
4. Food processing technology

Priority Areas 2012-2015:
1. Functional food
2. Food safety and quality
3. Food processing
4. Application of emerging technologies: bio and nanotechnologies

Specific Objectives:
1. Strengthen collaborative R&D
2. Promote higher level of intra-ASEAN cooperation and collaboration
3. Establish databases for exchange of information
4. Increase capabilities and improve infrastructure

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